UCalgary instructor discusses how Indigenous knowledge shapes her teaching

The University of Calgary recently shared a piece in which Sessional Instructor Chantel Large discussed how her teaching has been shaped by Indigenous knowledge. When she first began to teach at UCalgary, Large shared how she would smudge before going into the classroom to teach students. “I would pray that I was able to teach in a way that these students who I was encountering would go out into the world as social workers and not cause harm,” said Large. Large said that she uses storytelling to connect with students and brings Indigenous individuals into the classroom to share their experiences. “It connects them to this part of history that isn’t really history. It’s a part of history that we still have to navigate, learn from and heal from today,” said Large.